Bills place Merriman on IR, LB to have Surgery

October 25, 2011 Updated Oct 25, 2011 at 8:44 PM EDT

By WKBW News

October 25, 2011 Updated Oct 25, 2011 at 8:44 PM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, NY – The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has placed LB Shawne Merriman on Injured Reserve.

“Shawne has worked extremely hard, but unfortunately, his Achilles flared back up and it doesn’t appear that he will be able to return to the field anytime soon,” said Bills General Manager Buddy Nix. “So we felt it was in the best interest of our team and for Shawne to put him on IR.”

Merriman released this statement late Tuesday afternoon. "Due to the fact that I have recently been experiencing excessive aggravation in my Achilles tendon, which is a limitation that I have been dealing with for well over two years now, I sought the opinions of multiple medical specialists", said Merriman.

"After much consideration and unanimous professional recommendations stating that my Achilles is in danger of rupturing, I have been advised that it would be in my best interest to undergo surgery as soon as possible in order to prevent a major injury. I would like to thank all of my fans for their continued support on my road to a full recovery and am looking forward to getting back out on the field.”

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